In the front of our minds is the resurgence in COVID cases throughout the region. As we move forward with this event, it is our highest priority to look after the health and wellbeing of our partners and community members in all corners of the state. We’re in the midst of a continually evolving situation, and we will continue adjusting our protocols and expectations accordingly over the next few weeks. We want everyone participating in this year’s tour to connect and have fun responsibly, so we are requiring attendees to follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local guidelines. You can find up-to-date information about COVID guidelines for the tour by visiting this page.
- We will be spending much of our time outdoors throughout the tour, but will encourage carpooling as much as feasible to limit our vehicle footprint in sensitive areas. We request that you wear a mask when riding in vehicles with other participants.
- As of August 16, 2021, the Blackfeet Nation is requiring all individuals to wear masks within the tribal boundaries. You can find more information about COVID guidelines on the Blackfeet Nation here.
- Everyone 12 years and older is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine. For more details and resources, please visit the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
- You must agree not to attend the 2021 MWCC Watershed Tour if you become ill, are exposed to the COVID-19 virus within 14 days prior to the event, or exhibit any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus prior to the event.
- You understand that travel to and participation in events may increase the risk of exposure to communicable diseases.
Furthermore, by attending this year’s tour, we will require adherence to the following CDC guidelines:
- According to the CDC, if you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
- According to the CDC, in general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.
- According to the CDC, in areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases (click here to see up-to-date data for Montana), consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
- According to the CDC, people who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
- According to the CDC, if you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.